Blowing the whistle: New Commonwealth laws provide additional protections for Australian whistleblowers

Contact: Angela Flannery, Partner and Christopher Yong, Holding Redlich
Posted Mar 4, 2019

A significant part of the community pressure that led to the Federal Government establishing the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry (Banking Royal Commission), after initially opposing it, came from whistleblowers.

This, combined with the fact that the Banking Royal Commission uncovered many instances of conduct that that did not meet community expectations, has solidified Australian voter support for whistleblower protection to be enhanced.

In this context, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Enhancing Whistleblower Protections) Bill 2018 (Bill) was first introduced into the Australian Senate in December 2017 and immediately referred to the Senate Economics Legislation Committee for further consideration and consultation.

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